Photographs courtesy of
Nicholas E. Petula
"A History of Scranton Professional Baseball"
and the Lackawanna Historical Society
It was in 1939 that the Boston Red Sox decided to move their Eastern League team out of Hazleton's Cranberry Park and move to the old "Athletic Field" aka Brooks Stadium in Scranton Pennsylvania. The intention wasn't to play there long but to build a brand new ballpark for the new Scranton Red Sox... A state of the art ballpark which would become known as Scranton Stadium (or Scranton-Dunmore Stadium). The ballpark was to be built on Monroe Street in the Dunmore section of town and it would represent a new heyday for baseball in this region as the Red Sox had a terrific farm system and promised many great players would come to the new ballpark. Plans began to construct the stadium in time for the 1940 season. The new Scranton Red Sox would indeed take this area by storm.